How To Train a Dog by Thinking Like a Dog

Do you have a dog who needs training? Have you searched the internet for help, but ended up more confused than when you first started? Not surprising! There is so much information – good and bad – out there pertaining to how to train a dog and it is very difficult to figure out which way to turn. Well, we are here to help you better understand this problem and address your training needs.

In the next few weeks, the first volume of our dog training series – The Dog’s Perspective: How to Train a Dog by Thinking Like a Dog will be available. Volume 1 is the Philosophy Primer. We are so excited to share this information with you so that you can better understand how to train your dog. Dog training can be complex and confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. Actually, it shouldn’t be confusing at all, if you truly understand dogs. We sifted through the multitude of dog training information available on Continue reading

High Costs of Cheap Dog Food

The Dog Food Dilemma

A recent article offered advice on how to prioritize spending on Fido when money is tight, discussing what should you splurge on and what to hold back on in lean times. The choices espoused in this article are frustrating and the reason why over 50% of Americans and their trusty canine companions are unhealthy, overweight and/or obese. To cut costs, the article recommends feeding “cheap dog food” in lieu more expensive specialty pet foods. This advice is contrary to current research and logic. Although many of us need to budget our expenses, we also must be mindful of the ultimate outcomes of our choices. Continue reading

Inhumanity of Harambe’s Death

Harambe is the 17-year-old Gorilla who was shot to death at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday, 28 May 2016, after a 3-year-old child was able to bypass the zoo’s “security system” and his parent’s “vigilant care” to fall 12-feet into the Gorilla World exhibit. Evidently, the zoo’s Dangerous Animal Response Team, after observing the gorilla’s behavior, deemed it to be a life-threatening situation and decided that it was necessary to kill the gorilla to save the boy. Harambe was senselessly killed the day after his 17th birthday. The child was released from the hospital just hours after his fall in the enclosure, and his family stated that he is “doing just fine”.

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Keep Hot Dogs Cool in Summer

Puppy Dog Training Asheville - DannyHot Time in the Summertime

Summer is just around the corner. However, WNC temperatures have already climbed into the 80’s in early spring. In warmer months, we are able switch to lighter clothes so we won’t swelter wearing woolen sweaters and slacks. Although some of us may find it inconvenient to switch our wardrobes from winter to summer clothes, at least we have that option. Unfortunately, other than possibly shedding an undercoat, dogs are always clothed in a fur coat. So what can we do the help our dogs stay safe and healthy in warm temperatures? Continue reading

How Dogs Recognize Human Emotions

Co-evolution of Dog & Human Companionship

IMG_6684Humans have associated with wild canids for at least 30,000. The fossil record confirms human (Homo sapiens) developed relationships with canines as far back as the times of the Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis). From these early wild canids evolved the domestic dog. Humans and their dog companions have been together for the last 15,000 years or so, which is a very long time for BFFs. Dogs and humans are two different mammalian species that have developed a highly beneficial, co-evolutionary relationship. No other interspecific relationship, between two species, is as complex and mutually beneficial as the dog-human companionship. The success of our canine companions’ relationship is their ability to communicate and cooperate with humans, a separate species. However, how this communication occurs between humans and dogs is debatable. Continue reading

Why Dogs Should Like Petting

Do Dogs Like Petting?

Many of us love touching, petting and cuddling our puppy dogs. However, is the feeling mutual?  Do our dogs really like all this fuss from humans?  More importantly, should dogs like all the touchy-feely attention from not only their own human, but complete strangers? To know if dogs like petting, you can consider your scruffy little pups currently by your side. On a larger scale, think about all the dogs, wild & wonderful, you have had the pleasure of knowing throughout your lifetime. Finally, on the grandest of all scales, evolutionary time scale, contemplate all the domestic dogs that have ever existed over the last 40,000 years. Did domestic dogs always like petting? And….why should we care? The more we think from the dog’s perspective, the better we will be able to communicate with our dogs, and the sooner our dogs will become the best dog in our world. Continue reading

Beautiful Day – Dog Sledding

Asheville Dog Training - Sled Dogs 1Dog Sledding in Asheville

During the last weekend of January 2016, Asheville, NC enjoyed spring-like weather conditions. However, one week earlier, the landscape was very different when Winter Storm Jonas deposited more than a foot of snow on WNC, providing the rare opportunity for snow sports right outside our front door. What better way for kids to spend the snow day than sledding with their faithful companions.

The Digital Short

And after all the snow fun was completed, the video editing began. Thanks to the videography talents of Andrew Ballantine and his passion for James Bond films, we present this digital short, Beautiful Day – Dog Sledding in AshevilleContinue reading

Sled Dogs of Asheville

Asheville – Winter Storm Jonas 2016

If you live on the East Coast, the effects of Winter Storm Jonas are still in the current news, on our minds and, depending where you live, covering the streets. An inch of snow will bring southern cities, like Asheville, NC, to a standstill. The last official total snow accumulation reported for Asheville was 13 inches. Needless to say, Asheville is covered by a thick blanket of beautiful, glimmering snow crystals and no one is going anywhere anytime soon. Continue reading